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‘Beneath Oblivion’s Tide’
Clark Ashton Smith - The Uncharted Isle

What a superb reading by Nathan Kloske, whose audio recordings have made it possible for me to double my reading list.

As a reader and writer on mythic themes I cannot escape the thought that Smith wrote The Uncharted Isle as a meditation on the evolution of the human psyche from dreamtime to the age of reason.

There has always been something about the quadrant of the Pacific above Antarctica, below Easter Island, east of Polynesia and West of Chile that has fascinated writers from Lovecraft to present day. Until 100 years before Smith’s day the southern hemisphere was thought to be home to Terra Australia Incognito, an undiscovered southern continent thought necessary to balance the planet against the Eurasian land mass and the northern mass of Africa and the Americas compared to the narrower southern latitudes.

The brilliant redolence of Clark Ashton Smith’s many dream worlds is as vibrant in The Uncharted Isle as any of his yarns.

As usual Nathan Kloske does justice to the literature of the Pulp Era like no other.

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guestJanuary 27, 2017 2:28 PM UTC

Did you know about the Sack of Baltimore?

"A raid on the coastal village of Baltimore, Ireland, during which pirates left with the entire populace of the settlement. The attack was led by a Dutch captain, Jan Janszoon van Haarlem, also known as Murad Reis the Younger. Janszoon also led the 1627 raid on Iceland. Such raids in the Mediterranean were so frequent and devastating that the coastline between Venice to Malaga suffered widespread depopulation, and settlement there was discouraged. In fact, it was said that this was largely because there was no one left to capture any longer."

Or a more detailed account:

From Baltimore to Barbary: the 1631 sack of Baltimore
responds:January 28, 2017 1:17 PM UTC

thank you—I knew about the two captains but not the sack.